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EMOTION IN MOTION
May 23, 1966
BENEATH THE MECHANICAL PERFECTION OF THE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE—THE ALTERNATE EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION OF THE HURDLER'S LEGS AS HIS BODY FLOWS ACROSS THE BARRIERS, THE TIMED EXPLOSION OF THE BROAD JUMPER AS HE LEAVES THE TAKEOFF BOARD—ARE THE MOODS AND EMOTIONS OF THE MAN: DETERMINATION, FURY AND EVEN FEAR. THE ARTIST, A SOMETIME VAULTER AND HURDLER HIMSELF, BECAME FASCINATED BY THIS ASPECT OF THE TRACKMAN'S OWN ART LAST SPRING DURING THE BIG CALIFORNIA MEETS AND HERE EXPRESSES, IN SEMIABSTRACT STYLE, THE UNIQUE MARRIAGE OF DYNAMIC MOTION AND EMOTION THAT ONLY SUCH FIERCE COMPETITION CAN PRODUCE.
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May 23, 1966

Emotion In Motion

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BENEATH THE MECHANICAL PERFECTION OF THE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE—THE ALTERNATE EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION OF THE HURDLER'S LEGS AS HIS BODY FLOWS ACROSS THE BARRIERS, THE TIMED EXPLOSION OF THE BROAD JUMPER AS HE LEAVES THE TAKEOFF BOARD—ARE THE MOODS AND EMOTIONS OF THE MAN: DETERMINATION, FURY AND EVEN FEAR. THE ARTIST, A SOMETIME VAULTER AND HURDLER HIMSELF, BECAME FASCINATED BY THIS ASPECT OF THE TRACKMAN'S OWN ART LAST SPRING DURING THE BIG CALIFORNIA MEETS AND HERE EXPRESSES, IN SEMIABSTRACT STYLE, THE UNIQUE MARRIAGE OF DYNAMIC MOTION AND EMOTION THAT ONLY SUCH FIERCE COMPETITION CAN PRODUCE.

THE DISCUS THROWER'S CLASSIC WHIRL FASCINATED ARTISTS IN ANCIENT GREECE.

WEIGHT MEN, THE LEVIATHANS, COMBINE SURPRISING SPEED WITH PURE STRENGTH.

VAULTERS ARE COMPLETE ATHLETES, ACROBATS WITH THE QUICKNESS OF SPRINTERS.

DISTANCE MEN (NEXT PAGE) ARE SUFFERERS WHO LIVE BY THEIR TORTURED GASPS.

IN THEIR RARE MOMENTS BEFORE LARGE CROWDS, THE HIP-SWIVELING WALKERS (LEFT) AND THE PUDDLE-JUMPING STEEPLECHASERS ARE A MEET'S COMIC RELIEF. WHAT EVEN KNOWLEDGEABLE TRACK OBSERVERS OVERLOOK IS THE GRACE OF THESE PERFORMERS AND THEIR GRITTY ENDURANCE. THEIR EVENTS ARE AS PUNISHING AS ANY IN ALL SPORT.

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